1 Danish hygge first hand!

Now that the latest general election campaign has drawn to a close here in the UK I'm sure that I'm not the only one who would like to forget about politics for a while, but that may well be wishful thinking given the outcome! It's hard not to feel downbeat after seven weeks of political acrimony set against a backdrop of appalling tragedy in two of our major cities. The late MP Jo Cox, who died a year ago, maintained that there is more to unite than to divide us. This is a concept to hang on to in the face of seemingly overwhelming contradictory evidence.

I had the good fortune of setting off on Thursday on a journey to the north of Denmark. I am going to visit the Isager folk who are based in Northern Jutland. I am so looking forward to the train journey via Belgium and Germany and to meeting the Isager team and others who will be there. We will have a weekend of workshops, a chance to see new yarns, garments and all things Isager-related, as well as exploring the coastline where the North Sea meets the Baltic.

In the knitting world there is not a lot to get worked up about. In fact quite the opposite. I have noticed how often of late people make reference to the calming effect of knitting and other crafts and the pleasure it brings to share one's creative urge with others. In this we are certainly united. Politicians come and go, many of them with motives as altruistic as those of Jo Cox. I wish them well but am secretly relieved to think that the bluster may have died down by the time I return from Denmark in a supremely calm condition next week. Let's hope that the Hygge-effect lasts, at least until the next time we go into electoral battle.

P.S. Don't forget to come along to the store on Saturday afternoon (see item 2 below) for our Rowan Yarn Tasting Event which runs from 2pm to 5pm (drop in anytime during that period to meet the local Rowan Yarns rep Katie).

Happy Knitting


Here's Karen on her way to Denmark, refueling in Brussels.

And for anyone who has forgotten it is summer already, here are last week's Thursday Knit Club gang enjoying the outdoor life on North Parade (we were back indoors last night).  

2 rowan Yarns summer yarn tasting event

Saturday 10th June: 2pm to 5pm: Come and join us at our Rowan Yarns summer yarn tasting event on Saturday afternoon. Sample some of the lovely summer weight yarns from Rowan, flick through the range of pattern books, take away some free patterns and enjoy looking through the rail of summer garments filled with both adults and childrenswear. Katie our Rowan rep will be with us for the afternoon to talk to you about the Rowan summer range.

This is a free event and no booking is required.  Come along at any time during the afternoon between 2pm and 5pm - it is a drop in event so there is no schedule. Come for just five minutes or linger longer! 

To celebrate the event enjoy 10% off* Rowan yarns and current Rowan pattern books on Saturday 10th June as well as a cool soft drink, or a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit or piece of cake as well.  There is no reason not to come along! 

* 10% off full price Rowan yarns and Rowan pattern books only ( and excludes any existing Rowan sale items).  There are also many discontinued Rowan pattern books reduced to just £1.95!

Below:  A Rowan Yarn Tasting event recently.

3 customer knits

Here is a shawl crocheted by Mother Raphaella a colleague of our great friend Mother Seraphima in Massachusetts who is a big fan of British handspun yarns.  Mother Seraphima is an avid collector of many beautiful and rare British sheep breeds handspun yarns.  This shawl is crocheted in yarn spun from Jacob fleece, handspun here in Oxfordshire.  The simple stitch pattern really lets the natural tones shine through.


4 Professional Finishing Techniques - Sunday 18th June 

We have places available on this popular class next Sunday (18th June).  Call 01865 604112 to book a place!

Professional Finishing Techniques
Sunday 18th June
10.30am to 4.30pm

A Rowan Yarns tutor teaches you how to give your work a professional finish - tension; cast on methods; shaping techniques; button holes and picked-up edges; bands, collars; short-row shaping and three-needle cast-off for shoulder seams; blocking and pressing; putting in sleeves and sewing up using mattress stitch.

Skill Level:  Intermediate:  You should be confident with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit and purl stitches).

£48 (You will need 4mm knitting needles, a sewing up needle and x2 knitted squares in DK yarn each 10cm by 10cm in stocking stitch).